Driven by people’s increasing awareness of living standard along with the development of logistics industry, the scale of China cold chain logistics market has enlarged continually, which has reached 378 billion RMB in 2019, and is expected to reach 485 billion RMB in 2020. At the same time, the number of cold chain logistics enterprises in China has increased constantly, which has reached the number of 1832 in 2019. However, there is a problem of uneven distribution, as 32.3% of the enterprises are located in the Eastern China. So far, there are two main product lines for the application of cold chain logistics, which are food and pharmaceuticals. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the scale of China fresh food e-commerce market transaction is expected to be over 260 billion RMB, while the market scale of China pharmaceutical logistics is expected to be 3800 billion RMB in 2020, and other new product lines are also expected to be explored in the future, so the market potential of cold chain logistics is substantial. To face with the demand exposure of delivery under the policy of stay home quarantine within the “COVID-19” period, the cold chain logistics enterprises improved their delivery efficiency and customers’ service experience by expanding their delivery network, increasing the vehicles and storage resources, as well as further the application of information technology.
2020年3月17日，全球知名的新经济产业第三方数据挖掘和分析机构iiMedia Research(艾媒咨询) 发布《2020-2021年中国后“疫”时代生鲜电商运行大数据及发展前景研究报告》。报告根据艾媒数据中心、艾媒咨询商业情报数据库、艾媒商情舆情数据监测系统基础数据，对2020年中国生鲜电商行业及其上下游产业链进行分析。并且，本研究通过对生鲜电商的八大运营模式以及各种模式的代表企业，例如美菜网、叮咚买菜、谊品生鲜、盒马鲜生、兴盛优选、中粮我买网、顺丰优选等平台进行典型案例分析，以此对生鲜电商行业的发展进行预判。艾媒咨询分析师认为，中国生鲜电商行业经历了多年的高速发展，原本已进入发展的平台期，2019年还遭遇生鲜电商的发展“寒冬”，但2020年初，受疫情影响，线上买菜刺激生鲜电商的发展，居民消费习惯逐步养成现阶段，生鲜市场的新一轮混战已然开始。
The size of China's fresh e-commerce market will maintain a stable growth of 29.2% in 2019 and is expected to reach 263.84 billion yuan by 2020. iiMedia Research believe that as the Internet giants continue to enter the fresh e-commerce, the fresh e-commerce industry has entered a bottleneck period of development due to fierce competition. The epidemic has become a recurring opportunity for fresh e-commerce providers, absorbing and cultivating a number of new users. However, it should also be noted that as the impact of the epidemic gradually subsides, fresh e-commerce providers may also face the dilemma of a sudden drop in users.
With the rise of China's e-commerce consumption, the adjustment of the agricultural structure, and the improvement of residents' consumption levels, the output and circulation of fresh products, pharmaceuticals, and chain catering has increased year by year. The development of cold chain logistics is very necessary. In 2018, the total demand for cold chain logistics in China increased by 22.1% year-on-year, the size of the cold chain logistics market increased by 19% year-on-year, and the railway cold chain transportation volume exceeded 1.6 million tons. In terms of enterprises, such as Qingdao Hairong, the ice wheel environment upstream of cold chain logistics, SF Express, JD Logistics, Shanghai Anxian and other companies in the midstream have also further developed. iiMedia Research believe that the development of the cold chain logistics industry will continue in the future, and it will develop in the direction of common distribution mode, multimodal transport mode, integrated development mode, information intelligent mode, and recyclable mode.
In 2018, the market size of China's fresh food e-commerce market continued to grow. The investment and financing situation of the fresh food e-commerce industry tended to be stable, and the industry market pattern was initially established. At the same time, e-commerce giants are also making efforts to enter the fresh food e-commerce industry, Ali is in line with traditional retail, and layouts new scenes. At the same time, Tencent is also cooperating with Jingdong to create a innovative fresh food e-commerce platform. The industrial chain of the fresh food industry is generally long, and the fresh food e-commerce focuses on reducing costs. At present, China's fresh food e-commerce industry has formed development models such as vertical platform, integrated platform, O2O, and innovation platform. Different models have their own advantages and disadvantages. According to iiMedia Research, the monthly penetration rate of fresh food products is less than 10%, and the fresh food e-commerce users are relatively young and have strong purchasing power. Affected by the offline store and the immediate need, the ratio of male to female is similar. At present, the fresh food e-commerce industry still faces problems such as non-standardization of products, difficulty in quality control, and high rate of product loss. In the future, as the public gradually accepts the concept of online purchase of fresh food, the market size of fresh food e-commerce will be further expanded. Introducing new technologies and models，The storage management model of fresh food products also needs to further improve. At the same time, the innovative model of online and offline integration will be further expanded, and community group purchase will become a new entry point.
According to iiMedia Research data, the current demand of logistics enterprises for smart logistics mainly includes logistics data, logistics cloud and logistics equipment. In 2018, the smart logistics market will exceed 400 billion yuan. It is expected that by 2025, the smart logistics market will exceed trillion yuan. iiMedia Consulting analysts believe that with the development of IoT, AI and other technologies, as well as the higher requirements for logistics in new retail, intelligent manufacturing and other fields, the scale of intelligent logistics market will continue to expand. At the same time, the development of new retail, the upgrading of consumer consumption and the increase of user experience expectations have contributed to the gradual expansion of demand in the real-time distribution industry. It is expected that the number of users in China's distribution industry will reach 421 million in 2019, and there is still potential for continued growth.